Pop-up concerts in public places

On 4 September 2021, DSO musicians as well as ensembles coached by members of the orchestra, will set out once again on a "Tour de la musique" to perform chamber concerts in public places. Detailed information on participants, programmes and venues will be published here on 15 August.


Review 2020

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Video review »Berlin needs music!« on September 5

With its claim "Berlin Needs Music" the DSO spread out again to bring chamber music open air to the people of the capital for the second time on September 5, 2020. Following the first instalment during the Whitsun weekend with concerts on land, on the water and in the air, 15 chamber music ensembles played pop-up concerts under the open sky in 9 public places in Berlin. 

Review: Whitsun Weekend 2020

These were mainly made up of musicians from the DSO, but also included ensembles from DSO’s Ferenc Fricsay Academy, from schools involved in the chamber music project and from the rbbKultur Klassik Slam, supervised by members of the orchestra. Open air pop-up concerts, lasting about 30 minutes, were held in 9 public places all over Berlin. The instrumentation ranged from flute trio to string quartets and tuba-trombone quintet, the programs included a broad repertoire with works by, for example, Ernő Dohnányi, Antonín Dvořák, Zoltán Kodály, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michael Praetorius or Franz Schubert, but also jazz standards and folk songs.

The concerts took place from 11.30 a.m. onwards, staggered along a route that lead from the Mall of Berlin across many prominent places such as the Gendarmenmarkt and the Lustgarten to Kollwitzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg.

Follow us 

The audience was invited to follow this "tour de la musique" similar to a paper chase and to collect stamps at the various stops, which were rewarded with a goody-filled DSO bag at the end of the day.

»Tour de la musique« Stations

CHANGES: Due to weather conditions the concerts started at 11.30 a.m. in the Mall of Berlin. From 12.30 p.m. on all concerts took place as scheduled!

›Berlin needs music‹, map

Live Music is no Luxury

With "Berlin braucht Musik!", the DSO, in cooperation with the Bürgerstiftung Berlin and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, expresses its conviction that the experience of live music is not a luxury, but the satisfaction of an existential human need. At the same time, the campaign is intended to draw attention to the continuing plight of independent cultural workers and specifically solicits donations for the emergency relief fund of the German Orchestra Foundation.

Berlin Needs Music! – ›Tour de la musique‹